On February 2, 2018, my husband and I anxiously awaited the arrival of our daughter, Jahira. We knew it was going to be a high-risk pregnancy when we found out she had a congenital diaphragmatic hernia and I would need to deliver her at the hospital in Macon, 45 minutes away from our home. Jahira was born by emergency cesarean and was rushed to the NICU immediately. After she was born we learned that Jahira […]

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  Over the years we’ve been so proud to watch Lily and Sawyer Spadgenske grow up at our Ronald McDonald House on Gatewood Road near Egleston. The Spadgenske family first came to know the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House as their home away from home 22 years ago shortly after Lily was born.  At just a month old, doctors diagnosed Lily with a rare life-threatening liver disorder which required a transplant for her survival.  The news […]

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  No one knows better than Stacy Woelfel that simply being with family is the best that life has to offer. For Stacy and her four-year-old daughter Caroline, there are no quick fixes ahead. Born with a hole in her heart, Caroline’s illness has left her with underlying conditions like chronic fatigue, autonomic dysfunction, and the need for leg braces. Due to Caroline’s ongoing conditions, she has to go to the hospital at least once […]

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Saturday, January 13th, changed the Parsley family forever. Ten-year-old Coleton Parsley was enjoying the snow, sledding on a family farm, when he tumbled from his sled and struck a utility pole. Coleton was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and underwent extensive surgery. He suffered from a skull fracture, six broken ribs, a bilateral hip fracture, and a torn ligament in his neck. After three weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Coleton […]

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Six months ago our 11-year- old son Andrew had surgery to remove a brain tumor. After spending weeks in the intensive care unit at Egleston, Andrew was transferred to Scottish Rite and hospitalized for another month as doctors worked to stabilize him. While they were successful in removing the tumor, Andrew no longer has a pituitary gland or functioning hypothalamus. He would need therapy to relearn to walk, dress himself and other daily functions we […]

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